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Sunday, August 25 • 14:40 - 16:30
FILM & DISCUSSION: My Dear Children

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During the massacres of East European Jews that followed the 1917 Russian Revolution, Judy’s paternal grandmother, Feiga Shamis, was forced to abandon 2 of her children, who were sent as orphans to South Africa. Feiga’s 40-page letter to Judy’s father and aunt, given to her father 20 years later by his mother, inspired the first in-depth, scholarly documentary on the pogroms: My Dear Children by US film-maker LeeAnn Dance. Following the screening of the 75-minute documentary, Judy will share the story behind the letter and the film and reflect on the legacy of her father, Mannie Shamis.

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Judy Favish

Judy holds an MA in Continuing Education from the University of Warwick. In 2016 she retired as Director of UCT’s Institutional Planning Department following a career that pursued social justice through different fields of education and in different types of institutions. After... Read More →
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Veronica Belling

Veronica was the Jewish Studies Librarian at UCT Libraries and the Kaplan Centre from 1981-2012. She is currently an Honorary Research Associate, a bibliographer, and translator from Yiddish to English. She has written many articles and several books including a centennial history... Read More →
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Richard Mendelsohn

Richard, a retired member of the History Department at UCT and a former Deputy Dean of the university’s Humanities Faculty, currently teaches Jewish history in the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. He is the author of Sammy Marks: the Uncrowned King of the Transvaal... Read More →
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Lisa Chait

Lisa is a filmmaker, broadcaster and content creator. She is the founder of the Life Stories Project, which over the past 7 years has created over 100 Life Story films, books and audio recordings for present and future generations. Lisa has been interviewing all sorts of people in... Read More →

Sunday August 25, 2019 14:40 - 16:30 SAST